Two Third California Job Case
(Two Third Yankee Case)

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This lay matches the case in American Type Founders, American Line Type Book (1906) and Barnhardt Bros & Spindler, Book of Type Specimens No.9 (1907) and Hamilton Manufacturing Company, Modern Cabinets, Furniture and Materials for Printers, Catalog 14 (c.1907), where it is called a Two Third Italic Job or California. It is the case in Hamilton Manufacturing Co, Modern Printing Office Furniture Catalog 15 (1922) and Printing Plant Equipment Catalog 16 (c.1932) called California Job Model 2865 and in the ATF Specimen (1923) also called a California. Thompson Cabinet Co Equipment for Printing Plants Catalog 47 (c.1949) and Kelsey, Printers Guide Book (6th ed 1952) and Printers Supply Book (1969), and American Printing Equipment & Supply Co, Catalog (1987) continue to call this case a Two Third California, although a different California is shown by Missouri-Central Type Foundry, Price List (1959).

It is not clear what the two v^ boxes represent, but they appear to be either - or | left aligned and right aligned. The Kelsey lay leaves these and the ae and £ boxes empty. Note that the ATF lay also has AE OE in the ae box. The ATF lay is also shown by American Printing Equipment & Supply Co in 1987, again called a Two Third California. J.Ben Lieberman also shows this lay, in Printing as a Hobby, 1963 (and repeated by Willshire-Jacobs, in Small Printer June 1988) in an un-named case, but with A to G and P to W boxes moved one to the right, leaving the first box empty, and with ae replaced by ( ) and ffl by $ and $£ by ffl.

The empty configuration is Two Third California. Although ATF and Hamilton label this case California, it is possible that the label has been transposed with the adjacent Model 2855 Yankee Job. The configuration of the California exactly matches the configuration of the full-size Yankee (and indeed, the Double Yankee) that they show elsewhere in their Catalogues, whereas the Two Third Yankee does not match the full-size Yankee. Had they labelled the Two Third California as a Yankee, it would then match its bigger brother. Both a full-size California and a full-size New York have a third bay on the right, for caps, but only the New York has the 8x8 rows of small boxes in the top two rows. The full-size Yankee does not have the third right hand bay, and is an exact copy of the Two Third Yankee. If the right hand bay of the full-size New York is omitted, then the subsequent Two Third case is again an exact copy of the Two Third Yankee. But if the right hand bay of a full-size California case is omitted, the result is not a copy of the Two Third Yankee. Such a case would not actually work in practice, as there would be insufficient cap boxes - hence the two extra rows added at the top. If these two rows contain 8+8 boxes, the case then becomes identical to the Two Third Yankee/New York, but if the rows contain only 7+7 boxes, the case becomes the California shown by Missouri-Central Type Foundry.

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This page was written in 1997 by David Bolton and last updated 13 January 2016.